Crankworx is Hitting the Road in New Zealand in November & December

Sep 8, 2021
by Official Crankworx  
Photo Kike Abelleira
Dani Beecroft and Vaea Verbeeck will be hitting the road with Crankworx in NZ this November. Photo: Kike Abelleira

We’re stoked to share a little project we’ve been cooking up this year: the addition of a summer race series on the South Island of New Zealand in 2021. The multi-stop Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand will bring Crankworx-caliber racing, with a grassroots vibe, to destinations outside the usual World Tour. The series will give up-and-coming riders and locals the chance to mix, mingle and drop in with some of the world’s best mountain bikers.

bigquotesI’m super stoked to be heading to these unique riding destinations.With each spot having totally different terrain to the other it’s gonna make for awesome racing. I’m looking forward to getting to share these times with all of the Crankworx family! Can’t wait to kick the New Zealand summer off in true style. STOKED.Keegan Wright

Photo Fraser Britton
Keegan Wright on home soil. Photo: Fraser Britton

The Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand 2021 will kick off on November 27 and run through December 12.

 November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra
 December 4: Skyline Queenstown
 December 4-5: Queenstown
 December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort
 December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka

 c Tim Bardsley-Smith
Mountain Biking at Queenstown Bike Park McNearly Gnarly DQ Full Use DQ commissioned photo shoot - photographer Jay French

Cardrona Photo Callum Wood
Photo Finlay Woods
Alexandra, Queenstown, Cardrona and Wanaka. Photos: Tim Bardsley-Smith, Jay French and Callum Wood

 Alexandra: Super D
 Queenstown: DH and Pump Track
 Cardrona: Air DH
 Wānaka: Dual Slalom

Two events (the Queenstown Pump Track and Wānaka Dual Slalom) will be live broadcast on during the series, with photo and video highlights available of the other three events.

Photo Fraser Britton
Casey Brown, ready to get the Kiwi crowds hyped. Photo: Fraser Britton

The all-stars on deck who’ll be all-in and ready to throw down include:
 Georgia Astle (CAN)
 Danielle Beecroft (AUS)
 Casey Brown (CAN)
 Harriet Burbidge-Smith (AUS)
 Robin Goomes (NZL)
 Kialani Hines (USA)
 Bas van Steenbergen (CAN)
 Vaea Verbeeck (CAN)
 Keegan Wright (NZL)

For those looking to get amongst, there will be race categories for Pros, Amateurs and CWNEXT racers. Details will be released soon, with registration open as of Monday, September 20. Those keen should keep their eyes locked on @crankworxrotorua on Instagram for details.

Prizing will be awarded for each event, with overall titles awarded at the end of the series in the Pro categories.

For spectators who want to watch it all go down, the Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand will be free to attend.

Photo Jay French
Young racers in Rotorua. Photo: Jay French

bigquotesCrankworx has played a key role in raising the profile of Rotorua as a destination over the past 6 years. The mountain biking scene has taken off, and seen us become a key destination on the list for riders, from families to avid riders and the world’s best. We know how powerful this has been for the region, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to unlock these benefits for other regions in our country. The mountain biking in Central Otago is out of this world, not to mention its world-renowned scenery and epic summers. It’s inspiring to see young people riding alongside their heroes and appreciating the trails we have in our own backyard. We can’t wait to bring a grassroots version of our Crankworx Festival to Central Otago.Crankworx Rotorua’s Event Director Ariki Tibble

bigquotesI’m thrilled to see how the Summer Series concept has taken flight in New Zealand. This idea of the ultimate mountain bike road trip was born in British Columbia last year. It created such a great opportunity to bring a taste of Crankworx to different locations and get athletes out racing in different places outside the Crankworx World Tour circuit. I can’t wait to hit the road after Rotorua and bring the action to these other iconic riding destinations and take the world along for the ride.Darren Kinnaird, Managing Director of Crankworx

More details to come, folks. Meantime, stay tuned to


  • 38 26
 Hey New Zealand, if this gets cancelled then I just want to say I'm really sorry that you also have to deal with the vastly inept and corrupt bullshit that we're having to weather from the Federal and NSW Government. If elections don't completely eradicate these disgusting people then you have my express permission to invade and liberate.
  • 25 22
 * you obviously don't work in a hospital *

Your inconvenience is worth less than saving lives
  • 15 16
 The difference is that we DON’T have an inept govt.
Our restrictions (which are lesser than some other locations globally) we’re brought into effect at the first sign of community transmission so as to try and cut the head off the snake as it were. This as proven to be quite successful so far to the point where we aren’t being told that we’ll just have to ’live with the virus’ and just accept a significant death-toll. Compared to other nations that have focused on businesses rather than the general population it has proven to be quite successful. No point in keeping things open for big business when they stand to potentially loose a good chunk of their customer base (not to mention employees) to COVID-19 deaths (yay, we’re open for business still, oh dear, all my customers/staff are dying).
  • 15 7
 @Otago: Hey do you know how to say anything else? You're starting to sound like a broken record. Thanks for working in a hospital get over it
  • 13 9
 @Skootur: All my staff are dying? Over 800 cases of Deadly Delta and no deaths, over 3500 cases all together and and 26 deaths. There are thousands of people dying in NZ each year which could be avoided, but only cover deaths matter to Cindy.
  • 11 4
 @Skootur @Otago: Just to be clear, I am 100% in favour of heavy lockdowns, even at the cost of personal freedom and leisure.

Lockdown has been proven to work here in Aus as well, and is (begrudgingly) supported by most people, who accept the scientific basis of sacrificing for the greater good. But the NSW state government dragged its arse in responding to Delta in July - now it's spread like wildfire and crossed the Tasman.

Combine that with a half arsed vaccine rollout by federal government and we've completely lost the game that we were winning only a few months ago. Now we're being told to "learn to live with it".

Of course, we live in a post truth and zero accountability political climate, so the c**nts that should resign (and more deservedly go to jail in some cases) just smile and deflect and carry on as though they aren't directly responsible for unnecessary deaths and economic damage.
  • 7 8
 @Skootur: The difference is we do have an inept govt who paint a horror picture of a death toll to keep everyone happy with lockdown. Nevermind the hundreds of small businesses suffering and who face bankruptcy or worse due to these restrictions. Tourism eg these biking events, must continue...
  • 3 5
 Haha, can’t wait to read the comments when you go back into lockdown because of all the antivaxxers getting hospitalized #Canada
  • 8 0
 Nice to see - Alexandra is one of the more unique riding zones around. Hazard county anyone?
  • 2 0
 Lived there for a few months in 2019, some epic riding around Alexandra. Excited to see footage!
  • 4 2
 Residents have major issues getting in or out because of their strict MIQ policies and limited spots.....but they want to host an international bike competition? Sounds pretty tone deaf to me. You want to be strict with your lockdown/quarantine, I get that, I have no direct issue with it. But then to just give special treatment to a few bike riders is a pretty bad look as its just playing favorites.
  • 5 0
 This is shaping up to me mega. Change of venue will be refreshing.
  • 6 0
 This is still in addition to Crankworx Rotorua and will be run differentl
  • 4 0
 All my local riding spots! Bloody awesome! Super D in Alex will be amazing.
  • 4 0
 So all the international athletes have already booked MIQ spots right?
  • 5 4
 Crankworx asked the Government for spots for 70 athletes and Crankworx staff. Google search "MIQ Crankworx." All these overseas special interest groups are getting special MIQ treatment when it's already impossible for citizens and residents to book MIQ. Just aren't enough rooms. I can't visit my family overseas because we're trapped here.
  • 11 1
 Yeah, mixed feelings about this. Crankworx is great and I'm excited to watch and for it to visit some new venues here. On the other hand, MIQ spots are extremely short in supply and people are finding it incredibly hard to get home or be reunited with their families. Surely that's more important than bike racing.
  • 4 0
 This news is EPIC! Downhill in Q Town! Yes boy!!

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